Crochet Tech Editing - Accepting Clients
If you're a crochet designer who is ready to release a new pattern into the wild, I'd love to help you by tech editing it.
I love offering my tech editing skills to crochet designers looking to make sure that their pattern is easy to read and free from errors before publishing. In my 18+ years of crocheting, I've encountered several patterns that have had errors in them, and I'd like to lend a hand to make your patterns the best they can possibly be.
While I'm relatively new to tech editing, the clients I have worked with have been very happy with my work. I have extensive experience in crocheting hundreds of different patterns, and am fluent in the language of crochet. As a blogger and website copywriter with a degree in broadcast communications, I'm proficient in editing text so it is both easy to read and properly communicates the directions written by the designer. I am also a HUGE math nerd who loves to wind down with difficult math puzzles (seriously...it relaxes me), so I'm more than comfortable double checking that your math is correct. There have been times in the past where I've crocheted a pattern either as a tester or a customer and have provided detailed notes on corrections I would recommend for the designer. Additionally, I've designed many patterns of my own (some published already, some in the hopper), and I try my best to be explicit in my writing to make the crochet experience for others as great as I can.
At the moment, I am offering my services for crochet only, specifically for afghans, accessories (shawls, scarves, hats, etc.), and other home decor. Depending on the complexity of the sweater, I may be up for that as well. While I am able to read and work off of both US and UK terminology, I am only working with US terminology right now. I also prefer to work with PDF's, but may also work with Word documents if requested.
What you can expect from me
By hiring me as your crochet pattern tech editor, you can expect the following:
Check that the math as written in the pattern is correct (I use an Excel spreadsheet to assist in checking the math; I will give this to you along with my notes)
Grading for increasing/decreasing size
Check for pattern consistencies with abbreviations and that all abbreviations are listed in the pattern key (if one is provided; if not, I can create a key for you upon request)
Proofread pattern for punctuation and grammar as well as make sure it is easy to understand and follow
Review diagram and schematic to make sure they follow the written directions
Check that formatting conforms to style guidelines (if provided)
If you write patterns only in chart form, I can write the written instructions for you (additional fee may apply)
Clearly list my suggestions and recommendations for correcting and/or clarifying the pattern. Choosing to take those suggestions and recommendations is up to the designer.
After corrections/adjustments are made by the designer, I am happy to proofread the pattern again to ensure no other corrections are needed.
Turn around time will depend on the complexity of the pattern and my current workload. I may ask to preview the pattern before beginning the editing process in order to give you a proper estimate for my services. All time and payment estimates will be given upfront and agreed upon before work begins.
Special for Crochet Designers
If we haven't worked together in the past, I have a special offer for you!
Free Tech Edit Offer (1 design per designer)
This offer is subject to my schedule's availability. Open to both new and established crochet designers. Once we work together and you see my level of commitment and work to make your patterns as polished and error-free as possible, I hope you consider becoming a regular client. Does not apply to sweater patterns (although I am willing to offer a discounted rate if the first time we're working together is with a sweater pattern).
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or through my contact form if you'd like to take me up on my free offer or if you would like an estimate on my tech editing services. References available upon request.